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Posted: 9/7/2013 10:14:08 PM EDT
Looking at buying a new house and found a foreclosure / HUD home for a decent price.  Unfortunately, the existing deck is junk and structurally unsound so it needs to go.

Current size is 16 x 18ft and two levels (top level coming out of kitchen, bottom level at basement exit). It's pretty high up as there are 10 or 11 steps on the side.

I'm not particularly enamored of having a two level deck - I think I'd be fine with a concrete slab, or even sand/pavers at the bottom, but would like to replace the upper level.  Size doesn't have to be the same, maybe a little smaller.

Here's a crummy picture of what's there now:

I'm going to be getting bids to replace this but I have no idea what this should cost.  Online calculators are telling me materials might be $1200, while other estimates are $20/sq ft, plus railings and stairs.  I've heard "off the top of my head" numbers from others that it could be $10-20,000, so I'm completely lost here.


1.  I don't have the time or inclination to build it myself.  Especially when it needs to be bolted to the house and sit 10-12 ft up in the air.
2.  I'm fine with pressure treated lumber.  I suppose I could always replace the decking with cedar or something nicer down the road.

So, any builders here want to give me a ballpark figure to help me out?  Thanks
Link Posted: 9/7/2013 10:17:12 PM EDT
First # that came to mind was 15k when I saw it. So your 10 to 20k is inline.
Link Posted: 9/7/2013 10:38:55 PM EDT
Well, that's unfortunate.  I was hoping for $3k.  

Seriously, I wouldn't be surprised at $10k+, but I am cheap so I want to make sure I don't overpay.

Link Posted: 9/7/2013 10:44:53 PM EDT
Where in MO?
Link Posted: 9/7/2013 10:49:29 PM EDT
Well, I suppose it depends on the length x girth plus aesthetics. Maybe race as well.

Sorry to hear you need a new one...
Link Posted: 9/7/2013 11:00:06 PM EDT
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Kansas city / Lees Summit area

Link Posted: 9/7/2013 11:23:07 PM EDT
$10k should be about right.
Link Posted: 9/8/2013 12:39:16 AM EDT
"Structurally unsound"?  Replace the boards that have rotted the most and slap some paint on it!  
Link Posted: 9/8/2013 12:58:39 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/8/2013 5:24:59 AM EDT
We had to replace our second floor deck also and the quotes we received for a wood replacement were in-line with what you have ($10K - $20K).
Link Posted: 9/8/2013 5:56:34 AM EDT
We just had ours done last October.  I tore down the old one and a crew rebuilt the new one in 3 days.  I stained/sealed it myself with TWP-100 (great stuff) in May.  Size is 24' by 14'.  Wood used was pressure treated yella wood.  Ours is not quite as high as yours.  It cost us just shy of $5K.
Link Posted: 9/8/2013 6:08:58 AM EDT
25% more than you expect, lol. At least that's a good figure for every project I do.
Link Posted: 9/8/2013 6:49:57 AM EDT
my price would be about $10-$12,000

your materials estimate for treated lumber is about 2/3rd low. it would be $3000-3500 or a little more. you have ar least $1200 (closer to 1400) in 5/4 deck boards.

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Link Posted: 9/8/2013 6:53:38 AM EDT
Sounds like you need to talk to your doctor if your deck is weak.

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Link Posted: 9/8/2013 7:02:07 AM EDT
I have a larger deck and I live just outside of NYC. Trek deck ,builders rail and at least 10' high. $8,000 about 6 years ago. Looking at you picture I would recommend fuck the deck. Take your money build a room off the back like a family room or a man cave type room lots of windows its excellent for passive solar and natural light add a nice wide slider off the back of your new room to a nice 20x20 or larger paved area with a nice stone or pavers perhaps with a stonewall somewhere and don't forget your fire pit and hot-tub enjoy.

I hope you have an area for shooting as well, because in NY we have shitttttttt.  Enjoy

edit: spelling
Link Posted: 9/8/2013 7:21:21 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/8/2013 7:21:58 AM EDT
Can you DIY?
Link Posted: 9/8/2013 9:11:29 PM EDT
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Nope. Neither the time nor inclination.
Link Posted: 9/9/2013 12:46:17 AM EDT
10-12k in Lee's Summit with cedar decking and railing, nothing fancy.
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